Sep 1, 2014

Cabernets in Monterey

Monterey County Wine: California Region Named Top Destination By 'Wine Enthusiast' Magazine 

In 2013 Monterey was given the above award and the wine world was put on notice. Even Wine Spectator could not resit the charms of this region with their own headline;"

Discovering the Monterey Coast

Beauty, adventure, great food and wine await

It appears the secret is out of the bag. Monterey is without a doubt a go to wine destination that has a ton of other stuff to do and see.

Monterey County grows over 50 different varietals of grapes and yet it seems that most of them go unnoticed or at least uncelebrated as premium wines. A number of people tend to think of Monterey wine tasting as one long procession of Chardonnay and Pinot Noir, and while that is a large portion of what is made and poured, it is far from all that can be savoured.

Now while we really do enjoy the wonderful Pinot Noir and Chardonnay that is made and poured in Monterey we also like Cabernet Sauvignon, Syrah, Chenin Blanc, Sauvignon Blanc, Merlot, Sangiovese and Malbec as well as many other wines.With this last month being Cabernet month ( #Cabernet day is August 28th) we turned our attention to Monterey Cabernet and dinner time.

With Cabernet Day just done and dusted we at WineWalkabout decided that we would put all our favorite Monterey Cabernets on one page. We sampled (read drink) some of the best Cabernet Sauvignon poured in the local tasting rooms and we wanted to let you know about what we chose to drink with our meals and that most importantly we really liked.

The Cabernets that won our taste buds this year were;

Galante Vineyards.2011 Rancho Galante Red Wine.
Hahn Estate 2012 Smith & Hook Cabernet Sauvignon Central Coast
Heller Estate Organic Vineyards 2012 Cachagua Cabernet Sauvignon
Joullian Vineyards 25th Harvest 2010 Joullian Cabernet Sauvignon

Go check out all the wonderful wines these guys produce but don't forget that in Monterey you can get great Cabernet.

Happy Wine Adventures,


Kiwi & Koala

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